The 17th Annual Thankspigging in Coral Bay

Thankspigging Chef Benji prepares the pig for roasting.

Chef Benji prepares the Thankspigging pig for roasting.

This just in: Photos from Thankspigging!

With power and phone service finally coming back after THREE MONTHS, we’re starting to get more news from Coral Bay.

Thankspigging organizer Ken Yolman strings T-shirts underneath the new roof at Skinny Legs.

Thankspigging organizer Ken Yolman strings T-shirts underneath the new roof at Skinny Legs.

Thankspigging organizer Ken Yolman said there was no way Hurricane Irma was going to stop him from hosting his annual potluck Thanksgiving dinner, where everyone is invited to share a free, communal meal with their neighbors.

“Of course we were going to have it!” Ken said. “It’s more needed this year, for sure, with so many people without kitchens, or roofs…” Or homes.

The only question was where, as Skinny Legs—the traditional venue—was also ravaged by Irma, but as Thanksgiving approached, Skinny’s was starting to resemble her old self again. Ken decorated by hanging 17 commemorative T-shirts—one from every year since 2001—beneath Skinny’s new roof. This year’s theme: Irma La Douche.

Thankspigging in Coral Bay

Captain Pete of Angel’s Rest helps carve the roast pig.

“I lost everything so it’s nice to be here with people that probably lost everything too,” said Pete Hoschl, whose floating bar, Angel’s Rest, was wrecked in the storms. “Today’s a day that everybody gets together and forgets about the bad times.”

Chef Benji, who roasted the pig (it was mouthwatering), said he was thankful to be “helping out the community and just sharing a helping hand.”

The pig was a fraction of the size that Ken wanted, but this is a community that knows how to make do. Jeff McCrave from Drunk Bay Brewing fried three large and luscious turkeys, those who could brought homemade side dishes and desserts, and before long the (newly varnished) Skinny’s bar was full of delicious food.

Thankspigging in Coral Bay, St. John 2017

Coral Bay resident Megan Elliott organizes the desserts.

Megan Elliott, who was arranging platters on the buffet, said life’s been difficult in Coral Bay without telephone, television, or internet.

“You hear stories that the military can go into the middle of the deep dark jungle and set a system up in 24 hours and here we are, almost 3 months later.”

Thankspigging is a break from that.

“We need some normalcy and a sense of camaraderie,” Elliott said. “It’s been hard.”

Thankspigging Coral Bay 2017 St. John USVI

Drunk Bay Brewer Jeff McCrave deep-fried three mouthwatering turkeys.

McCrave is a regular at Thankspigging. He recalled meeting a tourist a few years back who wandered in with his wife and pretty much summed up the appeal of the event.

“He looked around and said, ‘This is what Thanksgiving is supposed to be.’ He said, ‘I’m bringing my whole family down here next year for Thankspigging.’ And he did!”

There were no tourists this year, but by 5 pm the band was ready to play and hungry locals were lined up out into the parking lot.

Thankspigging 2017 in Coral Bay

A Thankspigging feast!

Ken welcomed all who gathered, gave a shout out to everyone who worked on Thanksgiving—including the linemen from BBC Electric who would join the party when their power-restoring work was done for the day—and ended with a Coral Bay “toast” of sorts that drew cheers from the crowd:

“We’re not even Coral Bay Strong. We’re Coral Bay (expletive) Tough!”

Advertisements

New Vacation Accommodations

view-cinnamon-bay-estate

Cinnamon Bay Estate

3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | Pool | Hot Tub | WIFI

Cinnamon Bay Estate is  unique tropical treasure on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands with no detail overlooked, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity for discriminating guests. Located in the most exclusive and sought-after neighborhood of Catherineberg, luxurious Cinnamon Bay Estate is nestled at the end of a private road and surrounded by lush, green national park land on three sides, while the glistening expanse of the Caribbean is stretched out below. Amazing views of Cinnamon Bay.

view-cinnamon-bay


villa-south-palm

Villa South Palm

4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms | Pool | WIFI

Villa South Palm, a four-bedroom, 4.5 bath luxury pool villa located in the exclusive Virgin Grand Estates, overlooking picturesque Great Cruz Bay on the popular south shore of St. John. Offering four equal-sized master bedrooms with king beds guarantee that each couple has a terrific room – all with sea views. Two have private balconies, and two share a private patio. Satellite televisions, ceiling fans & A/C, bedside reading lamps and built-in storage complete the picture.

Villa South Palm allows Weddings.


Come to St John and enjoy a Caribbean Vacation

Sis Frank Concert Series 2016

Saint John’s School of the Arts 2016 Sis Frank Concert Series Schedule

Every year The St. John School of the Arts presents a high quality series of performers throughout the winter. In 2016 they are honoring the legacy of founder Sis Frank, a true St. John icon, who worked tirelessly to keep a vibrant arts presence on our island. By purchasing tickets and attending the performances, you can participate in making our island a more joyful and enriching place to be.
SJSA-Sis-Frank-Concert-Series-2016-Flyer2

Winter 2016 Line Up
Parker Quartet

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues
Friday, February 19, 2016
Sweet Plantain
Friday, April 8, 2016
Victor Provost
Friday, April 15, 2016

Ticket Information:
Series Tickets: $120/each (Package containing one ticket to each of the 4 concerts for the 2016 series)
Individual Tickets: $35/each (One ticket to one show of your choosing)

You can purchase your tickets HERE

Read more about how St. John School of the Arts empowers the children of St. John through the arts.

 

St. John Carnival 2015 Music Schedule

St John Carnival 2015

Carnival Village Opens Saturday June 27, 2015 at 7pm

2015 Carnival Music Schedule

JUNE 27
SPECTRUM BAND – KES THE BAND
8:00 pm 1St. John Festival Village
JUNE 28
PUMPA – KILLA – BIG DADY SHAW & THE JAMMERS
8:00 pm 1St. John Festival Village
JUNE 29
POIZON BAND – STYLEE BAND
8:00 pm 1St. John Festival Village
JUNE 30
VOLUME – VIO REUNION
1:00 am 1St. John Festival Village
JULY 1
AH WE BAND – COOL SESSIONS BRASS
8:00 pm 1St. John Festival Village
JULY 2
IMAGINATION BRASS – RED HOT BURNING FLAMES
8:00 pm
JULY 3
JAM BAND – SMALL AXE – TRIPLE K
8:00 pm 1St. John Festival Village

St John Carnival Events

St. John Festival 2015 Carnival Events

JUN 27
FESTIVAL VILLAGE OPENS
7:00 pm 1St. John Festival Village
JUL 3
EMANCIPATION DAY
10:00 am Franklin A. Powell, Sr. Park
JUL 4
J’OUVERT
6:00 am St. John National Park Dock
JUL 4
FESTIVAL PARADE
11:00 am Cruz Bay Harbor
JUL 4
FIREWORKS
9:00 pm Cruz Bay Harbor
JUL 5
POKER RUN
12:00 pm Cruz Bay Waterfront